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90

I cold brewed this one for six hours last night. I should’ve done it for more but it was six or fourteen type thing – and I didn’t want to risk overdoing it. OMGsrsly suggested condensed milk, but I really, really do not like milk in my tea so I just opted for cold brewed. The maple flavour is still lovely and apparent. Maybe one day I will get over my milk in tea thing, but for now I love this tea hot.

I can’t wait to pick up more! Under three weeks now!

Thanks again OMGsrsly!

OMGsrsly

Hong Kong Milk Tea. One day I hope you experience it and like it! :)

Courtney

You do have the best ideas for mixings. Maybe once I have my own stash of this awesome tea I’ll be brave enough to mess around with it. :)

OMGsrsly

I treat my tea collection like a fancy coffee shop, honestly. I’ll add (almost) anything to my teas, just to try. :)

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90

This tea is delicious. That is all.

Thanks OMGsrsly!

Update: I added a wee dollop (~1/2 tsp) of maple syrup to the resteep and it’s just as tasty as the first.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I can’t wait to pick more of this one up in a few short weeks!

OMGsrsly

Woo! I hope Nolan is working when you go in. He’s really awesome. Such a tea geek. :)

Sil

i guess i need to figure out what teas i should be picking up as well lol

Courtney

I’ve got my list started! Between Steam and Bayswater, I shall bring back plenty for my cupboard. Any other companies I should check while I’m there?

Sil

not sure if you’ve seen this: http://goo.gl/maps/gXsKK

lol if you go over to the island. janet’s tea shop and silk road tea….i think soko tea house is in vancouver and decent…o5 is an experience. if you like tea with milk and sugar – murchie’s granville island has a couple…

Courtney

You know so much. I will keep the map. We never go over to the island haha, but perhaps Seattle will be on tap this trip. Which reminds me my passport is soon expiring.

Sil

that map is ALLL omgsrsly. haha We’re trying to decide whether we can manage a trip to the island – i have old old old family there and/or whether we want to try for a day trip to seattle heh

Courtney

Oh yes. We have the staples we do, since we go 2-3 times every summer haha. We always plan for Seattle… and never make it haha! I’ve only been to the island once, despite living in Vancouver myself and visiting more times than I can count.

Sil

island is always like an overnight trip in my head…

OMGsrsly

Muahahahaha. Tea Time on Lonsdale in North Vancouver is nice. There are a lot of $$$ shops, probably nice to check out but maybe less nice to buy from. If you have any questions, let me know. The map has been a bear to update since Google Maps changed, so it’s probably not completely up to date.

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This tea came my way from OMGsrsly. She was awesome and sent a ton of samples from Steam. Now I’m sipping away at BC teas since we have finalized the dates we’ll be visiting, and I need to get my list down for what I need to pick up.

This one smells great! I will share my cup with J too, since he loved Teaopia’s Dragonheart, and the only other note here says it’s similar.

Generally greens don’t do it for me, with very few exceptions. The fruitiness in this one is delightful. It’s somewhat reminiscent of H&S Tropical Green, which I’ve been meaning to get more of. There is a subtle buttery-ness to the green base, but it’s very minimal. The fruit flavours aren’t overwhelming, in fact they’re also subtle. The scent is stronger than the flavours. I’m not getting any mint, but it may be because I just had cold noodle salad. I think I would consider picking some of this up.

Thanks OMGsrsly!

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71

So I checked out Sil’s cupboard only to realize she is kicking my butt, as in she has almost 30 fewer teas than I do (congrats on being so close to 140 btw!). That put me in a little bit of a sipdown mode. However, I still wanted to try new teas and work on getting through some of my swaps. Luckily, this tea filled all three requirements. Thus, this is a

Sipdown!! (171)

Thank you MissB for sending some my way in a generous surprise package. It is a nice tea. Great grapefruit flavor that is reminiscent of Nina’s Paris The de Vendome, which I enjoyed. Though, at the end of the day, I just don’t ever reach for citrus tea often enough to warrant stocking a tea like this. It was still fun to try something new so thank you MissB.

Lastly, I know I said this yesterday but since I am once again writing about a surprise tea, I thought it is worth mentioning again… I AM MOVING IN LESS THAN A MONTH! The reason I mention this is because I know how generous everyone is on steepster. I never expect them but you guys have surprised me with packages time and time again. However, since MY ADDRESS WILL BE CHANGING, I would hate for someone to generously send tea that would just get lost in the world :(. Thus it is probably best that you DON’T SEND ME TEA to my Montreal address (except for the swaps I already arranged) as I don’t think I will receive it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Dexter3657

(I would not think it to be presumptuous if you forwarded a new address once you are settled in so that I can update my list).

VariaTEA

I will keep that in mind. Although maybe I should take the opportunity to hide from everyone until I get my cupboard reigned in a bit :P

Honestly though, even just writing the disclaimer above makes me feel weird because it seems like I expect stuff (which I don’t) so going as far as to send people my address in case they wanted to surprise me would feel quite rude :P.

Dexter3657

LOL OK reigning in your cupboard I can understand (but you’ve done a pretty good job of reducing your numbers). OK, don’t want to weird you out, I’ll just keep asking…. ;))

VariaTEA

Haha, i still have your address. Perhaps I will have to surprise you with some tea and then you will have my address that way :P. Now to find teas that I have to share with you…

Sil

Hahapoor dexter. At this rates he won’t need to buy tea until 2017 ;)

Sil

And that he is a she….stupid autocorrecting iPad

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90

This is all maple with a hint of molasses. These flavours add up to deliciousness. Good call OMGsrsly, and thanks for sharing!

VariaTEA

I was talking to OMGsrsly about this today :P

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I’ve taken to steeping my tea and covering it, before I hop in the shower in the morning. When I get out, it’s cooled to the perfect drinking temperature. This one is a sipdown this morning. It’s so tasty! I can’t wait to visit Steam Tea House when we go to Van come spring. I’m working on talking J into driving out the end of April/beginning of May between winter and spring semester.

So, my shower was frigid this morning and that infuriates me. Especially when there’s snow blowing by the window outside. Ugh. Now I’m drinking my hot, awesome tea, and eating hot, awesome oatmeal with maple syrup so that should make things better.

Thanks for sharing OMGsrsly!

keychange

oh yes, cold showers on cold mornings are the worst!

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This one came my way from OMGsrsly. She was awesome and sent a bunch of Steam Tea House samples. Thanks!

This is just the kind of black tea I love. Bold and rich. Delicious, really. Goes down real smooth.

OMGsrsly

They get this from Justea. Just FYI. Although this is the newest batch, and all the batches are a little different. :)

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85

I took OMGsrsly’s advice and added a little sweetened condensed milk to my tea this morning. Actually, she suggested adding it to iced tea, and I added it to hot tea. Regardless it was a great idea. It absolutely takes this tea to another level. So insanely good. It became a smooth, creamy, maple-y sweet cup of yumminess and easily one of my favorite dessert teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
929 tasting notes

OMGsrlsy I’m puzzled as to what I did to deserve this large package of tea from you, however I’m so thrilled at the same time! Yummy chocolaty goodness just before bed is always welcome.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sami Kelsh

Aww, this is a heartwarming tale of joy.

OMGsrsly

Share as you wish! :) I need other Steam Tea House dealers on Steepster!

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Zesty grapefruit, times two? Sounds tasty to me! Thing is, it smells like a black to me, and I’m getting little grapefruit out of it. Did I brew it incorrectly? Perhaps….? I always do my blacks at 2-3 minutes, even when 5 minutes is recommended, and I also used 2 tsp for 8 oz. as suggested on the package… I think I must have missed something. Still tasty, just not at all like grapefruit to me.

Thanks OMGsrsly for sharing this with me! :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

I find this one so much like pithy yellow grapefruit it’s sometimes hard to drink.

And I think that it was actually 2 tsp in the baggie. Did I really write 2 tsp/8 oz? I’m gonna blame the painkillers.

MissB

Yep, but it’s okay… I’m tired and a bit out of it, so I’m cool with it being what it was. Still tasty though!

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
1162 tasting notes

Sipdown. Definitely need to pick more of this tea up.

Yes, it’s rooibos. I kind of wish it didn’t have the rooibos in it, but whatever. I can deal. It’s chicory and spices and yum. So, SO good as a latte.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
1162 tasting notes

Oh so good. With almond milk and 1/2 tsp maple syrup tonight.

Om nom nom.

Both dehydrated and cold this evening, so I’m probably going to have one more gigantic mug of tea before going to bed with a large bottle of water. :)

(10 min at boiling. Might just resteep this one as the chicory is good for that.)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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92

It smells earthy with chocolate notes—and I can taste some of that too. I wouldn’t call it earthy in taste mind you—but the chocolate-like taste is there, a creaminess and sweetness. It’s a very mellow and very enjoyable tea. A bit reminiscent of a Hunan Black I’ve liked, otherwise not really comparable to blacks I’ve had before.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Holy moly!

I made this tea, and it’s awesome! I guess having a variable temperature kettle makes everything better. :)

(With a little honey)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Fjellrev

How have you been feeling?

OMGsrsly

Much better! I can mostly smell, it is awesome. :)

__Morgana__

Is it really so zesty they had to say it twice in the name?

OMGsrsly

YES. It’s formulated to be super pithy and bitter/sour like yellow grapefruit. Even cold steeped I need to sweeten this one!

OMGsrsly

I was scared because steeping it at boiling is just… undrinkable for me. But 190 = perfect, and it’s gonna be so good as an iced tea!

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88
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
1162 tasting notes

The last time I got this, I received the bottom of the barrel. It’s mostly rooibos. :)

Still, the flavours are nice, especially when I mix a little Chicory Dickory Dock into it. It would be Even Better if I had some of that coconut creamer I make, but I’ve been lazy and tired and don’t have any in the fridge. Almond milk does in a pinch!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
NayLynn

How do you make your coconut creamer? Do I just google it?

OMGsrsly

Coconut milk, coconut oil, and egg yolks, with a little maple syrup or honey if you want it sweet. Make it like mayo. :) Sounds frightening, tastes amazing. There are recipes out there. I just throw stuff into my blender.

NayLynn

Yes, it does sound a little frightening but I will trust you try it soon. Thanks!

OMGsrsly

Some recipes also add a couple tsp coconut oil.

http://bravoforpaleo.com/2014/01/10/paleo-coffee-creamer/

OMGsrsly

Oh. I just use egg yolks. I like the way it mixes with my tea better.

NayLynn

Thanks, I was just searching for it on my phone and had not found any with just the yolk yet. I will use your modifications w/this recipie later today.

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91

Umm, oops? Sipdown! (248)

I’ll have to go get more later this week. They close at 7, and since they’re across a bus zone, I don’t like going down there before 6:30. :/

Oh well. Delicious as always. Today I added 1/2 tsp maple sugar to my mug. Mmm. Mapley goodness. I think this could be really nice mixed 50/50 with a smoky keemun or something. The sweetness from the maple, the smokiness from the other tea. The base of this is a little icy/frosty feeling, which is neat.

(Don’t worry, Courtney, I’ll get more this week so I can send you some! I’ll see about snagging a couple other samples for you as well, since I’ll be there. :) )

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

one of these days i need you guys to go shopping for me haha

OMGsrsly

Not a problem. :) I’m even saving tea-size boxes for shipping things to people!

Courtney

Woot, lucky me! :)

Dinosara

Sil– ditto! OMGsrsly got me hooked on some BC teas in our last swap. :D

OMGsrsly

Uh oh! Am I going to have a third job as a personal tea shopper? :D

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82
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
929 tasting notes

Had the last cup of this tonight, and as per recommended, I oversteeped it (15 minutes). Yes, this is even more delicious than before.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
929 tasting notes

Ooh, I’ve wanted to try this for a bit now. It’s been in my sipdown container for a few weeks, and I’ve just been making my way through things as I can. It’s got quite the lineage, this particular cuppa – there are three names on the bag: OMGsrsly, Sil and then myself. I love it when great tea gets swapped all over the country and back! So much fun.

To the tea. It’s almost a chai, more chocolately than chai however, plus a nice thickness from the huge piece of cardamom in this particular teaspoon. It’s creamy and savory, sweet and dessert-like.. I may need to (finally) go find Steam and get some more.

EDIT: What?! This is rooibos? Jeepers. Had I put that together, I would have enjoyed this long ago. Most definitely on my to-order list now.

1 tsp in 12oz., because the sample package sent to me shared I should steep 1.5 tsp in 250mL.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

You should probably go find Steam! :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, this one is also awesome steeped in milky stuff. I’ve left it ~30-40 minutes before, then heated it again and strained it to drink.

Sil

i love this one.

Suziqzer

Sounds like an exceptionally traveled tea, and a good one at that :)

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90

Never thought I would be sad to sipdown a puerh but here we are! Thanks again to OMGsrsly for sending me a sample of this one.

This was just as delicious this time around! Mmmm berry nut bread. :) It was even tasty as it got cold as well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

If you’re ever interested in more, just let me know! They blend this one themselves. :)

Dinosara

I may have to take you up on that one of these days. :)

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Sipdown!

This isn’t a bad green, I just never ever reach for greens… so even though I’m not actually finished this tea, it’s a sipdown. Someone will receive this as a surprise tea. :D I just sanitized myself and my counter and set up little labelled baggies for a bunch of people. That should make it easier for me.

It steeps up pretty murky, and very sweet. Like, I can tell it’s sweet even through my cold of doom. I can even taste the strawberry, and think this would make an excellent cold brew. I’m just not interested in cold teas right now. Sorry, 3 litres of iced tea I have in the fridge. It’s not you, it’s me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Thanks to OMGsrsly for sending over a sample of this one. I have to admit, I’ve been avoiding it a little bit because puerhs, especially flavored puerhs, still scare me a little bit. But I have a bit of a stomach ache and figured now was as good a time as any to go for it. :)

Well color me impressed. Not only does this tea actually smell good to me (so rare with puerh), it tastes even better. Sweet and nutty and really quite tasty. It doesn’t read as distinctly strawberry, but more like a berry and hazelnut tart. The puerh does have a breadiness, but it could also be described as a pastry flavor. I am amazed. I enjoy it more the more I drink it. This may be the only puerh I’ve rated in the 90s. Thanks so much for sharing, OMGsrsly!

Note: actually 1.5 tsp for 12oz.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Berries, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Terri HarpLady

hmmmm…I’m not usually a big fan of flavored puerh (except for sichuan caravan), but that does sound interesting!

OMGsrsly

Ooo, that’s exciting! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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70

Sad sipdown. (203)

This is honestly the best maple tea I have ever had. The base is present but subtle and it allows the maple to really shine. That is what this tea is, pure, unadulterated, maple syrup flavor. Awesome! Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this with me. The rest is being passed along to spread the love. It will be missed though.

I tried increasing the rating but the bar is not particularly iPad friendly. I would bump this to a 78 at least.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

People seem to be posting a lot with the new system… I had a lot to read through to get back to where I left off yesterday when Steepster went down for updates. I noticed it stopped updating my iPhone app, but you never know whether updates are going to be more behind the scenes or up front. I have to say the new update looks very familiar to me, as they were clearly trying a lot of it out in the app beta.

Anyway, this tea. I got a sample of this from OMGsrsly in our recent swap, and I pulled it out this morning. I did probably overleaf a bit (a bit more than 3tsp), but that’s fine because it came out awesomely. Sweet, smooth, mapley, yum! The black base had a nice malty undertone as well that served this one well. I haven’t had a maple tea that I really loved before, but this one certainly matches that requirement. I had it this morning while I also had some Vermont maple cream on a bagel, and it was the perfect match. Thanks again OMGsrsly for sharing this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Anna

My dashboard exploded, too! I love my timing – coming back today of all days, just poof.

This tea sounds so sexy! ‘Organic Canadian Maple Seduction’ could be a burlesque stage name or something.

Dinosara

I know, right?? It certainly seduced me. :D

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70

I was looking at comments and it seems like I am one of many who was supplied this tea but the very generous OMGsrsly. I was a little hesitant to try this because I find maple is a hard flavor to accomplish as there is a fine line between not enough flavor and cloying. This is slightly to the former side of that line but really right on the edge. I taste mostly the base but the smell of maple goodness is just so strong that I am happy nonetheless. I don’t think I would seek this out but I could definitely sniff this cup all day (that didn’t sound as weird in my head). Thank you OMGsrsly!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Sounds like it would be like Oh Canada from Davids…mmm.

VariaTEA

The two are actually really different. This reminded me more of Pancake Breakfast (in smell only though)

Yvonne

Oh, I’ve never had that one! One day I’d love to, though.

OMGsrsly

You’re welcome! I really like pushing the tea to “cloying” by adding sweetened condensed milk and icing it. Heh.

It’s one they blend themselves, and yes, I send it to everyone!

Lala

Love the name of this one :)

VariaTEA

That sounds very tasty, OMGsrsly. And Lala, the name is quite fun.

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